Ignis Et Flamma - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brabander on 09-25-2010

"Struise's approach (Westcoast IPA) from Menno's beer Vuur & Vlam, and brewed for the 2nd BBF 2010 at Bodegraven Netherlands.

Hops used for bitterness : Galena
Hops used for aroma : Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe & Amarillo
Dry hopped for 2 weeks on Amarillo

OG : 1066, FG : 1015
62 EBU, 20 EBC, 7% ABV
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Reviews by gamwich:
Photo of gamwich
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled lot 41/24/2010 - best before 09/13

A large creamy white head with excellent retention and ample lacing tops this copper colored beer. The smell is faint, grassy with some herbal and floral hop notes. The taste is similar to the nose, with herbal/ floral hops, a little citrus/ grapefruit flavor peeks through with a light sweet malt in the background. Good carbonation, a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a nice slightly dry finish.

This is a well balanced, restrained, interesting and complex beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy for a Belgian IPA. I get a lot of pine, resin and orange hop notes as well as some biscuit malt.

The flavor is a little more balanced than I expected. I get some nice biscuit malt notes as well as some orange and pine notes. Low to medium bitterness. The orange citrus notes are very juicy. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Acquired from a Belgian webshop. The label image reminds me of tie-die t-shirts; it's just random. This is my first beer from de Struise and I'm excited to finally try one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation and considerable yeast haze. Produces a massive creamy head of foam that seems to last forever; this eventually reduces to a nice surface layer. The bottle has a thick layer of sediment remaining inside. A spicy aroma of aromatic hops with notes of pine and citrus fruits; hints of grapefruit. Underpinned by sweet malt and dry, fruity yeast esters.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with an yeasty, hoppy character and a restrained bitter finish. Notes of sweet malt, pine, faint citrus, sugar, toffee and dry, dusty yeast esters. Slightly spicy hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, thick and tingly, but seems a bit flat. Great body but lacking carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of yeasty malt with aromatic hop overtones.

Pretty good - a nice Belgian IPA with solid hop aroma. The flavour seems a bit lacklustre - mild aromatic hops and relatively low bitterness. The mouthfeel was pleasant but not sufficiently carbonated. I suspect I may have held onto this bottle for too long - a lesson for next time. Still, this was a well-crafted IPA with character - worth your time.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. As the beer warms hints of light citrus waft out.

Tastes good. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by resinous pine hops. Midway through the sip the bitterness brought on by the pine hops subsides a bit and herbal and slight citrus hops work their way into things. Near the end of the sip the dryness subsides further and hints of tropical fruit hops make an appearance. The tropical fruit and citrus hops fade quickly into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have another.

Overall this was a fairly well-balanced and crisp IPA (definitely skewed toward that side of the Belgian IPA - does Struise call it a Belgian IPA?) - not worth seeking out but if you see it on it's worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Palm Tavern, one of two IPAs I had. This one did not work for me as the other did. A generous three-quarters of an inch head and lacey. Zero aroma but big bitterness, some yeast and a little sugar. Very, very dry, One dimensional, not so drinkable.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bluebetty for sourcing this from Struise, 330ml bottle into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a hazy amber-golden colour, nice fluffy beige head of foam on top. Random lacing, decent head retention.

Smells of mango itself and then starts to get a bit sweeter with mango syrup and some honey as well.

Taste follows suit with the mango coming through. Then it has a bit of a mango sulphur thing going on when the belgian yeast comes into play. Nice yeast flavour comes through later on.

Solid body to this, not gritty like a other Euro IPA's can be at times, but plenty there, while there is a bit of hop bitterness to finish it off. Pretty drinkable with the little bit of extra sweetness, yet it doesn't get cloying.

Reverts to the belgian IPA yeast profile and gives a sense of trueness to style. However, the nice mango flavour that with the added sweetness gives this a real point of difference. Unique, worth trying, enough to pique my interest. Perhaps not what i'm looking for enough to open my wallet for more though.

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Bittterbill, cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of tan head into my Vondel tulip. Superior head retention & good lacing, murks up a bit at the end...

S: Grapefruit & pine

T: Follows the nose, some bready notes, plus slight apricot fruittyness sneaking through up front. slight herbal & leafy hop bitterness, plus lemon zest & a touch of sage as this warms. Finishes grassy with grapefruit, slight toffee sweetness & more apricot & dryness, plus grainyness & touch of booze warmth. This skews west coast IPA to me, but I'm not complaining. Almost gave this a 4.5. got bit coarse at the end

MF: Medium bodied, slight grainy texture, good balance

Superior drinkability, glad I got to try this. Doesn't seem terribly Belgian to me, but I like this a lot

Photo of Neffbeer
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rattle n hum, served in a tulip.

A: Gorgeous two finger white head that just will not go away. The body is a lovely golden color with amber hues. There is a bunch of sticky lacing left behind.

S: American hops greet my nose in an overwhelming wave of citrus and pine cones. It smells ridiculously jammy with notes of peaches, pineapples, and oranges. There are hints of he Belgian yeast trying to peak through but they are very subtle.

T: I am greeted with a much more balanced beer than the nose would have suggested. The hops are still dominant with lovely citrus flavors and pine cone bitterness. For the sake of balance the toasty malt sweeps in on the backside in the form of nicely toasted bread. It finishes super dry with a healthy dose of bittering hops.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is kind of oily from all of the hops in a really succulent way.

O: I loved this brew. Top notch Belgian IPA with an American blast of hops.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The veritable end of the line. Number three in a horizontal tasting of IPAs brewed using the same recipe. At Farmers' Cabinet. Janlud is sipping through a JW Lee's on cask beside me.

A: The most radiant of the line-up (I'm sure that its proximity to a candle aids in the conclusion), it has a golden straw color and a white head.

S: The most unusual nose of the three, stressing a tropical pineapple aroma. Biscuity malts provide a sense of balance but the hops have a certain intangible.

T: Easily the most lively of the three IPAs, the stream of carbonation providing a scrubbing quality. The hoppiness is substantial, giving Vuur & Vlam a run for its money. Tropical citrus and a lively yeast create a sweeter body that packs a solid punch. I can't quite nail the ale, a minerally presence (water-induced, perhaps) that adds a twist really helps. My favorite of the three, although the Belgian IPA tag seems a little off.

M: A clean taste that stresses the hoppiness nicely. I call this one my favorite but all three are packed closely together. A unique horizontal that I'm glad to have tried.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt, caramel, pine and resinous hops. Very malty.
Malty flavours too but not all that sweet. Massive amounts of bready notes, some soft pine in there. Not all that hoppy.

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Map Room's 19th anniversary, served in a tulip glass.

Deep copper orange color that exhibits bright clarity, it has a lasting collar of foam that sticks to the edges, with some drippy lacing hangs inside the glass. Texture of the foam is smooth and creamy. Looks very inviting.

Big floral aroma, mild caramel maltiness. Seems more like an English IPA than anything Belgian. Very mild with a basic floral quality.

Caramel maltiness in the flavor, fairly dry. Slightly fruity citrus, mild grapefruit and orange peel. Not especially bitter or hoppy oddly enough. How old is this... seems a bit faded to say the least. Comes across more like a malty English strong ale than Belgian IPA. Not something i'd buy again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy blonde/beige color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and green hops with solid malt backbone is quite interesting. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral and green hops with light fruity ester and solid malt backbone that doesn't take away too much from the hops profile. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed and something I could drink on a regular basis.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop. Nice bread and yeast tones, earthy grains made up the backbone of this one. Then interwovern were extremly frsh cut hops.

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head is lasting and dense, the body a glowing and clear crimson hue. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Yeasty and estery with a mild but surprisingly pleasant tropical fruit hop bouquet. Sugary red grapes, mango, orange marmalade, a touch of caramel malt.

Palate: Tropical fruit and red grapes carry over from the nose. Fairly dry, though there's a decently substantial malt backbone beneath the hops. Cardboard-like oxidation is faint but noticeable, something I've picked up in other Struise beers in the past - it's not overly offensive, but it does detract. The finish is bitter and fruity with an herbal bite that doesn't linger long.

Overall: Surprisingly nice from the bottle, and probably much better on tap from the source.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This 33cl bottled seemed to be hanging around my stash awaiting chilling for ages, but it's BBD is 04/2015, so maybe I haven't had it as long as I thought: anyway it was opened and poured into a La Chouffe glass on 16th Nov 2013.

A deep and heavy head of beige foam sat on top of the reddy brown body, hazy, but not murky in looks.

The nose was excited by the various esters it picked up: a pink grapefruit marmalade with malty molasses lashed with old hop plants and Belgian yeast left overs seemed to be the final smell I got.

The taste wasn't as hoppy as I expected, this has a large malt content that prevents the hops taking over completely, some caramel and toffee apple notes help the blend give a very pleasant brew with a substantial alcohol kick that arrives nicely towards the end of each sip.

Different and interesting: a fine beer and one I'd happily have again.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy amber-orange pour with off-white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Huge citrusy, floral nose reminiscent of a West Coast IPA at its best. Lots of pine, fresh picked hops and resin, but a hint of yeast more like a Belgian IPA also emerges. The taste is very tropical with lots of mango and pineapple with a hint of peaches as well. Earthy, resiny, bitter fresh hops are nicely complemented with a solid caramel malt base. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy at first, but really smoothed out as it warmed and became almost creamy. Great bitter, tangy hop finish. Hands down the best Belgian IPA I've ever had! Perfectly balanced, not only in taste, but style (Belgian vs. American IPA). I cannot wait for my next beer run to get more of this!

Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A: pours à dark golden amber colour with à huge white 4 finger head that stays forever and leaves Tons of lacing , very Nice

S: Wow , this is. Intresting , Very intens smell , very Nice hop aroma , Tons of hops, citrus flavour , very similar to pliny the elder , i want to taste this one

T : similar to the nose but not that strong , wheat , Tons of hops , citrus , sweet malts , à Nice slightly bitter finish , this could be the little brother of pliny the elder , but this is softer , not so strong ,

M : very smooth , very well balanced ,

D : very drinkable , alcohol is well hidden , i could drink this all day long , yammy , well done struise. !!

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at Local Option 2/27/11. Thanks to Chris and Steve for the assist!

A: Served a bright, glowing apricot/peach color. Sitting on top was 1/2 a finger of creamy, bright-white head that sported decent retention. Some messy lace was left behind.

S: Big stinky nose of tropical fruit. Mango, papaya, and pineapple with a bunch of grapefruit and a bit of peach and apricot. Also noted a bit of sweet yet toasty caramel malt that lent a great deal of balance.

T: Silly amounts of the aforementioned tropical fruits with freshly shaved grapefruit zest, slightly toasty malt, and fresh ripe peach and apricot. Good lord!

M: Sticky and sweet with a fair amount of hoppy bitterness. Not necessarily oily, just sticky. And pretty coating.

D: Excellent! We drank this waaay too fast. Extremely enjoyable. Certainly the most "American" BIPA I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of Absumaster
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An orange colored beer with a bit of gushing. The foam is very thick and is very stable.

The smell is mild citric hoppy with distinct US hoppy flavors. The malt is dextrinous and has some hay and strawlike smells.

The taste is mild hoppy and bitter, which develops into a nice base of raw bitterness. The hops give the beer it's citric US hoppiness. The beer lacks an aggressive bitterness and hoppiness, but the beer is a little older, so the hops may have diminished over time.

Photo of Roeters
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber with 1" of white foam

S: slight sourness, very little herbal hop

T: Slight sweet creaminess that moves to a bitter punch fading into a slightly soured earthy bitterness

M: very creamy, coats the mouth with a slight oily presence through the finish

O: I really wish the nose came through better, the only disappointment in this beer, flavor profile is great, just what I want in a Belgian IPA.

Photo of safaricook
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at the de witte parel chocolate shop in Watou. Poured into a la Chouffe tulip glass 3 month before the best before date.

Thick beige coarse head that dissipates very slowly and leaves gorgeous lacing. Body is dark copper that is clear if sediment is not poured, medium to heavy carbonated.

Aroma is not as strong as expected but it does have the typical American IPA ingredients as there are citrussy and pine hop aromas as well as the rich bready malt.

Taste follows the nose with the typical American hops balanced by the substantial malt backbone. Foam is substantial enough to be bitten and tastes hoppy and acidic.

Feel is oily and velvety at the same time. Not too much carbonation which wouldn't be expected of the style.

This one sits between a IPA and a DIPA. It is not overpowered with bitterness or hops. I expected more aroma, which is probably there if it is fresher. A nice one but does not make it into the top class in my opinion.

Photo of Wanne
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice, bitter beer but very smooth to drink. You smell the hops, which are accompagnied by a citrus aroma. These aromas also appear when you taste it, together with an initially grainy, malty taste. Very drinkable, very good.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl, lot 41/24/2010, best before 09/2013, served in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, orange-brown color with a thick, fluffy, off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel malts, grassy and citrus hops, and straw. Flavor is caramel malts, orange, grapefruit, and grass. Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bitter finish. Good beer.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Bierstube, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a finger or so of fluffy white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and citrus mainly. Taste was bready and surprisingly sweet and floral, toasted grains, yeast, lots of hops for sure, but for the amount used, they definitely seemed to take a backseat, apart from the ubiquitous floral quality. Smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, medium body, easy drinking. Everything seemed to have a great balance, which is, I think, what made this beer especially good.

Photo of crusian
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Black Mes. Lot 41/24/2010 - best before. Whatever that means.

pours a cloudy dark mustard color with about 2 fingers of head. The head floats on top an bobbles around nicely.
Nice aroma of floral hops and some citrus... a little cinnamon, plums and grape.

taste is odd. not what I was expecting. I was expecting a fresh hop beer, and I get mild belgian yeast flavors or prunes, dates, honey etc, with a strong hop presence... and to be honest, a finish of a bit of bitter floral tonic water. Aftertaste is a a mild bitter. This blows the pants off raging bitch, if we are putting the both in the same category as a belgian IPA.
I wouldnt go out of my way to get this again, but worth the price of admission for one.

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Ignis Et Flamma from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.